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Who Should Get a Second Covid-19 Booster Shot?

Friday, April 1, 2022

The FDA authorized a fourth shot for Americans age 50 and older. Here’s what scientists say you should know.

Illustration of vaccine needlesDr. Topham was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article.

Americans are once again wondering whether they need another Covid-19 shot, with many growing weary of vaccinations.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week authorized a second Covid-19 booster for anyone 50 years and older who had their first booster four or more months ago.

Experts are split on how important it is to get a second booster in light of the low Covid-19 rates in the U.S. and evidence of high protection against death and hospitalization following the first booster. But other countries are experiencing a surge in cases from the Omicron subvariant BA.2, and there are signs that rates are increasing in some parts of the Northeast.

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Two members of the CVBI were nominated for the Presidential Stronger As One Diversity Awards

Thursday, January 20, 2022

The Presidential Stronger As One Diversity Awards honor faculty, staff, students, the Greater Rochester Community, and a member of the Board of Trustees whose actions, activities, and/ or accomplishments support our five institutional equity, diversity, and inclusion priorities toward making the University of Rochester a welcoming and inclusive environment.

We are pleased to recognize two members of the Center who were nominated!

Stefanie Fingler, Senior Administrator and Research Program Manager, Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology, University of Rochester Medical Center, who was nominated for the Advocacy and Action Award. The Advocacy and Action Award recognizes staff, postdoctoral fellows, and/or faculty who exemplify excellence in developing and sustaining an infrastructure to support equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Ashwin B. R. Kumar, PhD Candidate, Biochemistry and Biophysics, School of Medicine and Dentistry, who was nominated for the Change Maker Award. The Change Maker Award recognizes a student(s)—undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral fellow— and/or student organization that aims to cultivate a fair and just climate, culture, and community with an equitable, diverse, and inclusive lens at the University of Rochester and/or its surrounding communities.

Together we can work toward making the University of Rochester a welcoming and inclusive environment!